The B Back Project: Inviting birds, bats and blueberries to Belvedere

IMG_1324 So much was happening those last two weeks of school, there was no time to blog about it! Students in the classes of Ms. Holt, Ms. Moore and Ms. Liddiard worked in the heat and humidity to plant the B Back Project: native berry bushes for birds and other wildlife, a native grass path, evening-blooming perennials to attract bugs in the evenings when bats are hunting, and a blueberry patch to add fruit to our edible gardens. The job wasn’t easy, given that the soil clearly had absorbed rubble from construction in years past. Ms. Liddiard’s class took the challenging, rock-filled soil in stride, making a game out of finding the biggest and most interesting rocks and even coming out the next day for more rock hunting.
Below is a photo of four students who found the biggest “rock.” Do you think it’s organic or manmade? In the fall, the rocks will be part of the courtyard’s rock and soil exploration area.
The all-student Green Team created the B Back Project after assessing Belvedere’s grounds; the resulting garden will attract birds, bats, bees, butterflies and bugs to the back of Belvedere. For its part, the Green Team made bird baths out of clay (thank you for your help and your kiln, Ms. Bargo!) and all second-graders created colorful plant ID markers. Look for everything in the garden in September!

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